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September 23, 2015

From Susan — Deja Vu All Over Again

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:46 am

Yogi Berra just passed away and they ran a list of “yogi-isms.”  I fond that I have used a several of these over the years, or at least they’re worth a laugh!!

On selecting a restaurant: ”Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves: ”It’s deja vu all over again!”

On fan mail: ”Never answer an anonymous letter.”

On being asked what time it was: ”You mean now?”

On a spring training drill: ”Pair off in threes.”

On his approach to playing baseball: ”Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

On death: ”Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

On learning: ”You can observe a lot by watching.”

Our dad tells the story of his mother returning home from the butcher shop during WWII and telling him that she “bought every lamb chop they had before the hoarders got there!”  Sally and I use that line all the time — especially when talking about yarn.  We have to buy it all before the hoarders get it!!

September 12, 2015

From Susan — Skirting the Issue

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:07 am

I must admit that I wanted to write this post just so I could use that title!!  I have been slogging away at my Woodfords for weeks now.  The “skirt” is 300+ sts and is just plain slow.  The marker you see (the clip on at the hem) was Sally’s idea.  She said place a marker when you start knitting and then you can see that you actually made progress.  Love it.  That small amount of added length took me all of my Thursday knitting group!!  :(  One of my knitting peeps said, “I thought you’d be done with that by now!”  I can’t repeat what I thought about her comment!!

I also thought I would share a project that I finished right before the state fair.  It’s a cute little hat called Rose and Lily.  When I first saw it, I thought it would benefit greatly from invisible stranding.  The long carries across the momma elephant are problematic.  I used stash fingering weight yarn to make an adult sized hat.  Because of that I needed more length, so I added some decorative accents.  I also used corrugated ribbing for more color, and attached a kumihimo flourish.  I really love this hat!!

We are in full fall mode here.  The temp dropped like a silk lace stitch.

September 1, 2015

From Sally — Madam Cozy

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 2:37 pm

I’m frequently sidetracked by what the actors are wearing when I’m watching a movie or a television show. It’s not just knitted items, although I pay special attention to them, of course. I wish it were possible to buy slightly modernized versions of some of the gorgeous pieces in Downton Abbey (I watch that show almost exclusively for the clothes) or Testament of Youth (liked the film, loved the costumes).

Apparently, others pay attention to the costumes, too. Carol Sunday recently put out a pattern based on a sweater Téa Leoni wore during an episode of Madam Secretary. The sweater, titled Madam Secretary,is a cozy, oversized shrug with dolman sleeves. It’s a simple knit — all garter stitch — and typical of Carol’s designs, the construction itself is interesting. I knit mine out of Angelic, a soft blend of extra fine merino and angora.

This is a casual, comfortable sweater that I will wear constantly once the weather turns colder. It’s difficult to photograph because of the shape but I’m very happy with it. My one modification was to join the sleeve seams with applied i-cord, which I carried across the back.




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